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Richard Adler is the shop class teacher at the South Park Elementary. He occasionally talks and appears in the background. He voted for Barack Obama in "About Last Night..." and wore a grey sweater with Obama's as well.

In "Elementary School Musical" he appeared as one of the commentators at the basketball game.


Adler is overweight with balding brown hair and has sagging, overly large cheeks. He wears a white long-sleeved shirt, under a green vest, and beige pants. His vest has a diamond-shaped, green and black pattern on it. He also has a band-aid on his head from an unknown injury which he has in all of his appearance.


Adler's most notable character trait is a recurring memory of his fiancée, which culminates in a vision of her death, followed by the consumption of nicotine gum. Adler usually refers to things as "screwing around", whether it being not paying attention or fighting.

During "Tweek vs. Craig", he is plagued by memories of his girlfriend's death, and planned to commit suicide after running out of nicotine gum. After writing his suicide note, Adler planned to commit suicide by laying on a log cutter. However, he is interrupted by a fight between Tweek Tweak and Craig Tucker, who enter his classroom through the window, killing Kenny in the process.

As of more recent episodes he's appeared in, he is shown to be more relaxed. In "Mysterion Rises" it is revealed that Adler is a member of the Cult of Cthulhu. He is now mostly seen as an extra in school staff meetings.


  • Adler was based on an old shop teacher who taught co-creator Matt Stone.
  • His name was referenced in DVD commentary, but was bleeped.


Video Games

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Adler makes an appearance in the game as a minor character. He remains in the Community Center during the entire game.


South Park Elementary Staff
Richard Adler | Ms. Claridge | Mr. Derp | Mr. Garrett | Mr. Mackey | Mr. Meryl | Mrs. Nelson | Mrs. Streibel | Mr. Venezuela | Mr. Wyland | Pearl | Recess Supervisor | Girls' Volleyball Coach | P.C. Principal
Chef | Mr. Conners | Ms. Choksondik | Ms. Crabtree | Ms. Ellen | Mr. Garrison | Mr. Marsh | Mr. Slave | Ms. Stevenson | Principal Victoria

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